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Katie Kirkpatrick

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Katie learned a friendship lesson that changed her life. Check out how, right here:

iTwixie: What are the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?

Katie: I remember being in 6th grade. I talked about my friend, behind her back, and said things that weren’t nice. And all of my other friends decided that I was out of the group. That was devastating. My mom told me that I had to learn that I couldn’t say something about anyone that I would not say to her face. That changed me.

I became known as the girl that did not talk about other girls. My friends asked me to be their friend again, but that experience changed me. I still don’t talk about friends behind their back.

I had to learn good time management skills at RMU. I was playing soccer, interning, babysitting AND taking a full class load. There are only so many hours in a day and I had to figure out how to get it all done.

iTwixie: What advice do you have for iTwixie girls?

Katie: Ask questions. Figure out what you want to do. Then find a role model who will help you. I have had a lot of great role models in my life, like my mom, my grandmother, babysitters, my advisors and now professors and administrators from RMU. RMU has become the cornerstone of my life.  

iTwixie: When did you know you wanted to work in communications?

KatieMy RMU advisor convinced me to get a dual major in English and Communications. She saw potential and skills that I didn’t know I had. I learned that I can take information and then communicate it to a number of different audiences, like the media, the government or just regular people and students. We still talk all of the time. I don’t know if I would be as happy as I am today without her guidance.

RMUiTwixie: What did you think of the other schools your friends attended?

Katie: One of my friends had to watch lectures on a TV! His professor never knew him. He was just a number. At RMU, every single teacher of mine knew my name and really knew me. I still talk to many of them and other professors and administrators at RMU. RMU has become a cornerstone in my life. 

iTwixie: Why are tennis balls fuzzy?

Katie: It gives them traction.

Thank you, Katie, for becoming a role model for many girls around the world. You rock!

Ok, iTwixie girls, what do you think of Katie’s story? Got any questions for her? Why do YOU think tennis balls are fuzzy? Tell us right here, in the comments section below!

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  1. this is great. I have friends that are always positive and never speak negatively about anyone and I think that’s why they are my friends. I cannot imagine having friends who talk about each other behind each other’s backs. Yuck.

    I love asking questions… so I love that this is a good thing, in your opinion!

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